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PCT managers released confidential information about 92 patients, including details of their medical conditions, to the public as a result of a bureaucratic mix-up.

The details of the patients using an out-of-hours service were disclosed in an electronic link from a Melton, Rutland and Harbourough PCT board paper.

The paper was displayed on the trust website and e-mailed to 35 members of staff, the public and the media.

A Leicestershire county council health scrutiny subcommittee report into the

error blamed a long hours

culture and lack of awareness of IT systems and policies among trust staff.

It found the manager compiling the board paper had not been aware the link held confidential information. In a further breach of confidentiality the manager had also taken information home to work on.

When the mistake was discovered the information was withdrawn from the PCT website and recipients of the

e-mail were asked to delete it. The manager responsible was also suspended.

Dr Geth Jenkins, secretary of Leicestershire and Rutland LMC, said: 'Nothing the PCTs do surprises me ­ we've always known they're incompetent.'

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